Ma’am, what do you usually eat?
it is a question I always ask my patients who come for a postural visit and which often leaves them perplexed. It is because they expect a doctor, in my case as a posturologist, to deal only with what they think about the postural sphere, such as bones, muscles, joints, measures and center of gravity. In reality, what one eats, regardless of whether or not he has “pathological” conditions, strongly conditions the other parts of the body. If you eat something that does not “do you good”, the stomach or colon can be affected, and in turn affect the person’s own posture.
Inte(g)ration between medicine and nutrition
The doctor must be knowledgeable about the diet of the patients who visits him, and not limit himself to analyzing only one detail of the patient before him, rather, he commits himself to evaluate from all points of view. When we, doctors, explain the reasons that lead us to ask additional questions, our patients understand that we are evaluating them in a “global” way and, after the initial surprise, they are much more reassured to be followed by someone who evaluates them together, instead of in a sectorial way.
The affirmations of our professionals already lead us to understand how in practice there is a close interaction between medicine, health and nutrition. But how does nutrition influence the health of our body?
Food like drugs?
Everything we introduce into our body affects our body. Whether it is an adequate or less quantity of water, food categories (eg carbohydrates, fats or proteins) or a single food, any substance that we introduce in excess or inadequacy creates problems. Even the simplest food, the water itself, if introduced in too little or too abundant quantities compared to the needs of the moment can lead to serious consequences such as “dehydration” or “acute water intoxication”, which in the worst cases can give serious consequences until death.
The nutritional needs of the individual change during the phases of life, such as growth, or in the course of specific situations, such as in athletes, pregnant women, the elderly or those with some disease.
We at Med4Care, which deal with information and prevention, we know that the first form of health treatment is adequate nutrition. All of us in general have the perception of what is a frankly “wrong” diet: we know that it is not appropriate to fast or eat in excess for excessive periods of time, as well as eating always and only one food inevitably leads to deficiencies of others and bad nutrition. The question therefore arises: is there a “perfect” diet? The answer is undoubtedly not, because the diet must be adapted to the nutritional needs of the individual at that specific time. What is good for one person may not be good for the other, or even in the same individual the change in lifestyle leads to changes in needs.
Are there institutions that deal with food?
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) is based in Italy, in Rome! It is a specialized agency that was created with the intent to reduce hunger and malnutrition on a global level, to improve the living conditions of rural populations, to analyze, collect, investigate and disseminate concepts concerning agriculture and food and prevent risks by developing food production and hygiene standards.
Why be informed about nutrition today?
- Because in a society full of “gurus” and “false myths”, in which we search for what is easy and fast, we often forget that nature must take its course.
- Because we are no longer able to recognize the sense of hunger: we eat because schedules and habits impose it, we eat out of boredom, we eat out of anger, we don’t “eat to be together” but “we are together to eat”.
- Because often what comes between our hands is nothing but the finished product, and many children risk never knowing how the wheat grows or what color does a mature corn have.
- Because if we all committed ourselves to making more informed food choices we could improve the lives of many people, as well as ours.
- Because good health should always come first, and so the knowledge of everything related to it is the means to achieve it too.
Dr. M. De Nardin, posturologist